[ peyt-n-see, pat- ]
/ ˈpeɪt n si, ˈpæt- /


the state of being patent.
Medicine/Medical. the condition of not being blocked or obstructed.
Phonetics. openness of articulation, found more or less in all phonemes except stops.

Origin of patency

First recorded in 1650–60; pat(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for patency

/ (ˈpeɪtənsɪ) /


the condition of being obvious
the state of a bodily passage, duct, etc, of being open or unobstructed
phonetics the degree to which the vocal tract remains unobstructed in the articulation of a speech soundSee also closure (def. 7)
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Medical definitions for patency

[ pātn-sē ]


The state or quality of being open, expanded, or unblocked.
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